Does this make sense to anyone?

irish_rose_grower(z7 LI NY)January 29, 2007

I was looking for wisteria and came across an online source I"m not familiar with. (bloom river).

I sent them an email asking them if they had any wisteria trees (standards) and I also asked them what was the reason for 99% of their wisteria being grafted (they had many different types and almost everyone of them was grafted).

Now I know why we have grafted roses, but wisteria is so "weed-like" that I was wondering why it would need to be grafted. Here is their response to me:

"Except for the Wisteria sinensis, which we do from cuttings, all are grafted to assure 2 things. 1) Grafting assures that the cultivar name remains true (think of it as the "blood" line. and 2) Grafted wisterias bloom much sooner than other forms of propagation"

The first part of this response makes no sense to me. Does anyone get it?

I guess I should have asked what they are grafted onto.



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GEE I dont know but whiteflower farms carries Tree wysteria

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 2:51AM
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cecily(7 VA)

Part 1 means asexual reproduction verses sexual reproduction. Why grafting instead of growing from cuttings... maybe wisteria cuttings don't root well (yeah, that does seem hard to believe).

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 8:12AM
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irish_rose_grower(z7 LI NY)

Labrea - Yes, I've seen it at whiteflower farms, but 150.00 plus shipping seem very pricey.

cecily - thank you. Thanks for the info on asexual vs. sexual reproduction. I'm still a bit confused, because I know when i get a grafted vs. own root they are the same rose. Is this different with wisterias?


    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 4:44PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

In Houston there was always a great gnashing of teeth at non-blooming wisteria and the assorted thing people would do to try to coax a massive in the ground tree to put out blooms (I got lucky, mine bloomed without my turning to extraordinary measures).
For the price that wisteria trees sell for, I would expect them to guarantee that the scions are from blooming stock.
And that the rootstock is a cultivar that isn't as prone to suckering.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 8:26PM
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The only reason I would think that a wisteria would be grafted, if it is a standard, is to keep it from suckering and turning into a massive vine.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 1:54AM
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irish_rose_grower(z7 LI NY)

Thanks Ann. I found a company who has so many wisteria, I can't wait to read up on them and see which one I will get. the company with the largest inventory so far is bloom river. they have about 15 different types. None are standards, but I can train one into a standard.

Beerhog - I was wondering if that is why it is grafted, to keep it from suckering and turning into a massive vine. But that was not part of the suppliers response, so I was confused about that.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 6:52AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I'm still digging beast Wisteria out. It sent roots bigger than my wrist everywhere, including several feet under concrete and up into a raised bed.


    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 10:06PM
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